FOP approves new contract with City of Indianapolis

Contract goes through Dec. 31, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS - The president of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police announced on Thursday that the organization agreed on a three-year contract with the City of Indianapolis.

The contract passed with 82 percent approval and takes effect from Jan. 1, 2014  through Dec. 31, 2016.

Under the proposal, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department voluntarily deferred a 3 percent raise until July 2014. IMPD officers accepted pay increases in 2015 and 2016 which will result in an average increase of more than 6 percent for the three-year term, officials said in a press release.

The contract says The Department of Public Safety and the FOP will create a minimum staffing model for IMPD. Officials will consider alternative shift schedules to make sure staffing levels will match peak service demand times, the release said.

FOP President Bill Owensby issued the following statement:

"This has been a deliberate process which has allowed our police officers, elected officials and our citizens to balance the need for proper staffing within our police department while also retaining a quality workforce of highly skilled police officers. From the beginning, the FOP has made clear our primary concern has revolved around the safety of our community and our police officers as it relates to the current understaffing of the IMPD. Our membership worked with the Department of Public Safety to identify multiple efficiencies and cost savings so that more officers can be hired in 2014 and beyond. We appreciate our working partnership with Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs, Chief of Police Rick Hite and all others within the City Administration."

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